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    A Founding Friend: Clerk of the Court Robert M. Christ 1927 – 2019

    By Adair Law Robert M. Christ (rhymes with wrist), a lawyer, court administrator and lifelong Portland resident, died in his sleep May 31, 2019. He was at the founding of the U.S. District Court Historical Society in the summer of 1984 and became its first executive secretary. He served as Clerk of the Court 1971-90 and worked with four chief judges: Judges Robert Belloni, Otto Skopil, James Burns, and Owen Panner. Bob’s father Mladden Christ (1895-1965) emigrated from Macedonia in 1910 and the people of Bob’s mother Anna Zehiko (1900-85) came from the Ukraine via Edmonton, Canada to the United States. Mladden met Anna at a dance at St. Stanislaus…

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    Memories of Judge Owen Panner: “A lawyer who made the rest of us proud to be lawyers”

    Amy Kent Law clerk to Judge Panner 1990-1992, 1994-1999 “As a brand new law clerk for Judge Panner, I was quite nervous submitting my first draft opinion resolving a motion.  I was relieved when returning it to me, he said, “Amy, this is just fine.”  However, he then added, “I want you to change only one word:  grant to deny!”  This epitomized the Owen Murphy Panner approach I observed in the seven years I clerked for him:  direct, to the point, and no BS.  And then I rewrote the entire draft!” ***** Arlene Schnitzer Founding board member and original chair of the Oral History Committee “I very much enjoyed working…

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    Judge Owen Panner and the Warm Springs Tribe

    by Dennis C. Karnopp Dennis C. Karnopp is a retired partner in the Karnopp Petersen law firm, which is the successor to the firm founded by Owen Panner in 1950.  From 1967 until his retirement in 2017, Mr. Karnopp worked with and succeeded Judge Panner as Warm Springs Tribal Attorney The late Judge Owen Panner’s career in private practice is best known for his long and successful representation of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.  His relationship with the Tribe began shortly after he moved to Bend from Oklahoma in 1949. Before Owen could take the Oregon bar and practice law, he was a car salesman,…

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    From Whizbang to the Federal Bench and the “Best Saddle in the Arena”: Celebrating the Remarkable Life of Judge Owen M. Panner (July 28,1924– December 20, 2018)

    By U.S. Senior District Judge Anna J. Brown and U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke The remarkable life of U.S. Senior District Judge Owen Murphy Panner was celebrated on June 1, 2019, at the Panners’ horse arena in Medford, Oregon, under sunny skies illuminating a verdant vineyard, lush pastures, and a snow-capped Mount McLoughlin. As guests took their seats, the District Court’s own Rick Galarneau and Houston Bolles shared their considerable talents from a flat-bed truck stage to provide musical background that Judge Panner would have loved. They opened the celebration by leading everyone in “America the Beautiful.” On behalf of Nancy Panner and all of Judge Panner’s family, U.S.…